Evangelicals in the Church of England set out to reform the manners, or moral behavior, of a whole country. Did they succeed?
Why were curates in Austen's England poor and despised?
Edward Ferrars had "not the smallest chance" of getting a living; but he did!
The church was "not smart enough" for Edward's family.
Jane Austen: The Parson's Daughter shows the influence that being in a parson’s family had on Austen's life, attitudes, and novels.
Austen’s world was in a process of transformation, and two leaders of the changes were the church and science.